Many of the Eurobodalla's estuaries have jetties that are safe and friendly places to have fun learning how to fish.
Berley will soon attract the smaller fish and the bigger ones are often close behind. Bread scraps, unused old bait, fish scraps, prawn or fish pellets will all work.
A nice way to see what's about before settling in is to simply throw in some prawn heads while peeling a few for lunch: yum and fun!
The best way to get results for the kids or to catch some fresh bait for yourself is to target the smaller fish. Use a small bait and a small hook around size 4 on the end of some 3 kilo line. No sinker is needed unless the current is strong, and even then only use just enough to get your bait a couple of metres down. A float will help you avoid snags if the kids are dropping the baits too deep. Good baits include bread, prawn, squid, pilchard and any other quality bait.
This is a visually exciting technique because you watch what is coming up the berley trail, keep your eye on your bait, and strike when you see a fish nibble.
Typical catches include table species like bream, leatherjacket, garfish, luderick, yellow-eye mullet, trevally, tailor, bream and more. You will also catch fresh baitfish species like yellow-tail mackerel (yakkas), slimy mackerel (slimys), pike and frogmouth pilchards to name a few.
For bigger fish, a larger tougher bait that can withstand the nibbles of the smaller fish will serve you well. A running sinker with 3 kilo main line and 50cm of 6 kilo trace and 2/0 hook is the best bet. A fish finger sized strip of tougher bait like squid, slimy mackerel, trevally, mullet, tailor, pike or tuna will catch many species like big bream, big flathead, tailor, pan-size snapper, salmon, trevally, and even the occasional jewfish.
The warmer months are definitely easier, but if you try a few different spots and keep your eyes peeled you will find some catchable fish even during winter.
Jetty top spots
- Pick a jetty, any jetty!